Tampa Bay Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Don't Pay For Another's Negligence in a Florida Motorcycle Accident
Compared to motor vehicles, motorcycles are much smaller and more difficult
to spot on the road. Due to their size and lack of protection compared
to most cars and trucks, such as airbags and seat belts, collisions involving
motorcycles often result in severe and
fatal injuries. However, there are several things motorists can do to drive responsibly
around motorcycles to avoid a devastating accident.
Paulsen Law Group, our experienced Dunedin attorneys will fight to fully protect your rights.
Our goal is to do everything in our power so that you can receive the
maximum amount of compensation you are legally entitled to, from current
and future medical bills to lost wages.
Were you injured in a motorcycle accident in Florida? Our experienced motorcycle
attorneys can help you seek financial compensation for your suffering. Call
727.270.8260 today! We have locations in Dunedin, Tampa, St. Petersburgh, Lakeland,
and New Port Richey.
Is Lane Splitting Legal in FL?
In Florida, lane splitting is illegal. Lane splitting or split laning is
when a person rides their motorcycle between lanes in traffic that is
at a standstill. Currently, it is only legal in California, but some states
are considering adopting legislation to make it legal.
Florida Motorcycle Insurance Law
Florida is what is known as a no-fault state; which means if you are injured in a
car accident, regardless of who is at fault you must first turn to your own insurance
coverage to seek compensation for your injuries and other damages.
No-fault liability means you cannot hold the other party liable for your
injuries unless you are able to show you were permanently injured. Only
in those circumstances are
motorists able to file a lawsuit against the liable party.
- Insured Motorists are compensated through their own insurance coverage
under what is known as personal injury protection (PIP). This coverage
includes medical bills and lost wages regardless of who is at fault for
- PIP laws do not apply to motorcyclists meaning after an accident, motorcyclists
do not need to show evidence the accident resulted in permanent injuries
to file a claim for pain and suffering.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
By their very nature, motorcyclists are placed at a greater risk than auto
drivers, as there is little outer protection. These accidents can then lead to
catastrophic injuries. The figures only seem to increase, as there is a reported rise in the
number of reported motorcycle injuries that include brain injury, spinal
cord injury, and even
Other types of motorcycle injuries include:
- Eye injuries
- Facial injuries
- Severe burns
- Road rash
- Broken bones and fractures
If you were severely injured in an accident, reach out to a skilled motorcycle
accident lawyer near you. Paulsen Law Group has offices in Dunedin, Tampa,
St. Petersburg, Lakeland, and New Port Richey, and we are ready to talk
to you, evaluate the details, and determine if you have a case. Reach
When Should I Call a Dunedin Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
Reach out to a motorcycle accident attorney near you right away. Doing
so will mean that the details of the accident are still fresh in your
mind as well as in the minds of any witnesses, doctors, or police that
were present. The sooner you get the details to a motorcycle accident
lawyer, the better -- you will most likely have a better chance at buildling
a solid case.
What Are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
Like other traffic accidents, motorcycle crashes peak in the
summer months and many of them occur during rush hour. While drivers are hurrying to
work, they may be neglecting safety, which can prove devastating for motorcyclists.
What starts as a nice summer ride may end in serious injury or death.
Below are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents:
Distracted driving: If a driver is not watching the road, they are more likely to miss any
motorcyclists who might be traveling on it.
Driving under the influence: Drugs and alcohol impair drivers’ ability to be safe. Intoxicated
drivers may be held liable in both criminal and civil courts.
Unsafe lane changes: Before changing lanes, drivers should always check their blind spots.
If they fail to do so, they might not see a small vehicle like a motorcycle.
Speeding: When drivers are traveling too quickly, they might not have the reaction
time they need to prevent a collision with a motorcyclist.
Sudden stops: Because they have different braking capabilities, motorcycles may not
be able to stop if a driver slams on their brakes.
Intersection errors: Drivers waiting at intersections or making left-hand turns may focus all
their attention on traffic and fail to notice a motorcycle in their path.
Car doors: The phenomenon of motorcyclists colliding with suddenly opened doors is
called “dooring.” This can also occur when a driver leaves
their door open in the roadway.
Lane splitting: When motorcyclists travel between 2 lanes of traffic, they are practicing
lane splitting, which is illegal in Florida and extremely dangerous.
Inexperienced drivers: Accidents are more likely to happen when drivers and/or motorcyclists
demonstrate a lack of experience.
Dangerous road conditions: Potholes and uneven pavement may cause a motorcyclist to lose control
of their vehicle.
Weather: Rain and snow may cause motorcyclists to lose traction with the road,
and wind can compromise their balance.
Motorcycle defects: If a bike part malfunctions during their ride, motorcyclists may hold
the manufacturers of the defective part accountable.
If any of the causes above contributed to your accident, you may be able
to hold someone else liable.
Drivers can be held responsible for their misbehavior, manufacturers can
be sued for defective equipment, and even city governments can face consequences
for egregious road conditions.
Get help with your lawsuit today by speaking to a motorcycle accident attorney
at Paulsen Law Group. Call
(727) 270-8260 to speak with an attorney near you today! We have locations in Dunedin,
Tampa, St. Petersburgh, Lakeland, and New Port Richey.
What To Do After a Motorcycle Accident
Riding a motorcycle can be an adrenaline-filled, exhilarating experience,
but getting into an accident can be traumatizing. What’s worse is
many drivers, and insurance companies have prejudices about motorcyclists
that could cloud their ability to view the accident objectively.